Saturday 20 December 2014

Top lawyer denied bail in China

Published 10/06/2014 | 05:07

Authorities in China have cracked down on any efforts to commemorate the 1989 crackdown in Tiananmen Square
Authorities in China have cracked down on any efforts to commemorate the 1989 crackdown in Tiananmen Square

Chinese police have denied bail to a prominent lawyer detained in Beijing last month ahead of the politically sensitive 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on protesters.

Officers detained the well-known attorney Pu Zhiqiang early last month after he attended a meeting to discuss the 1989 military suppression on demonstrators.

Mr Pu's lawyer Zhang Sizhi said police would likely press criminal charges against his client.

Mr Pu was among dozens of activists detained or placed under house arrest across the country as part of the authorities' expansive efforts to deter any commemoration of the anniversary.

Mr Pu is one of the best-known lawyers in the country who has represented well-known dissidents such as artist Ai Weiwei and led public campaigns for the abolition of labour camps.

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